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Assistant Professor/Acting and Directing

Lehigh University
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Lehigh University invites applications for an assistant professor of theatre, with specialties in acting and directing. An additional or sub-speciality such as musical theatre, voice, movement, combat, or other is desirable. The successful candidate will hold an appropriate terminal degree and demonstrate promise in scholarly research and creative work. The candidate will teach in areas of expertise—including acting and directing—as well as general theatre courses. The candidate will direct on campus, mentor student directors, contribute to the development of curriculum, and participate in university service. Our ideal new colleague would be interested in directing a range of genres and styles, possibly including musicals and/or new plays. Desirable experience and competency includes directing in a thrust space and coaching beginning actors. 

This tenure-track appointment begins in Fall 2021 and joins a department of five tenure-track faculty and approximately seven adjunct teaching staff. We offer a NAST-accredited B.A. and are housed in a multi-venue performing arts center. Four productions in our 307-seat thrust theater and additional productions in our black box theater comprise the annual season. Our department is energetic and highly collaborative, and we are looking for a hands-on colleague who is dedicated to the principles of an undergraduate liberal arts education. 


Lehigh University’s College of Arts and Sciences seeks a community of faculty, staff, and students reflective of society at large. Diversity is a critical component of academic excellence and is essential to fulfilling our dual mission in education and research. We are especially interested in candidates whose teaching, creative activity, and/or professional experience address diversity, equity, or questions of interest to historically underrepresented or underserved communities. Lehigh University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer and provides comprehensive benefits including domestic partner benefits. More information on Lehigh’s work/Life Balance for faculty can be found here:


Founded in 1865, Lehigh University has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. Recognized among the nation's highly ranked research universities, Lehigh offers a rigorous academic community for nearly 7,000 students. Lehigh University has some 5,000 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, and about 550 full-time faculty members. Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, PA., a vibrant and historic area. Over 820,000 people live in the Lehigh Valley, which is in close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia.


Please send a cover letter; CV; a representative sample of scholarship (pdf or url); separate statements on your teaching philosophy, diversity practices, current, or future research plans; and three letters of recommendation; letters must be sent with submission materials. Submit electronic copies to Deadline February 5, 2021. Applications received after the deadline may not be given full consideration. Only electronic submissions will be considered.


Read our Diversity Profile Founded in 1865, Lehigh University is a premier coeducational, nondenominational, private residential research university that offers a distinctive academic environment for undergraduate and graduate students from across the globe. Lehigh University’s annual report from 2013 provides an overview of the intellectual activity across campus as well as a financial report. It is posted on our website at .

Lehigh offers more than 90 undergraduate programs and majors featuring more than 2,000 courses in four colleges: The College of Arts and Sciences, The College of Business and Economics, The College of Education and The P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. Lehigh confers a total of 12 degrees at the undergraduate and advanced degree level. We have 482 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty and approximately 200 adjunct faculty and lecturers and 10 full-time visiting faculty. With approximately 4700 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students, a small student-to-faculty ratio allows students to work closely with professors. About 69% of all full-time faculty are tenured, and 99% of full-time tenure-track faculty hold a doctorate degree or the highest degree in their field.  We have 1,215 staff members supporting the academic, research and administrative functions.

Located in Pennsylvania’s scenic Lehigh Valley, the campus is in close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia. Lehigh is situated on over 2,300 acres on four campuses. The Asa Packer Campus, Mountaintop Campus, and Murray H. Goodman Campus are contiguous and feature more than 153 buildings with 4.3 million-plus square feet of classroom, laboratory, office and living space. The campus also has 180 acres of playing fields and half of the campus is preserved as open space.

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